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Project Manager Vacancy for the Portsmouth Migrant & Refugee Support (PMRS) project, made possible with thanks to the National Lottery

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Project Manager

Portsmouth City of Sanctuary (PCoS) is a mainly volunteer-led charity with a very small team of staff, reporting to an experienced Board of Trustees.  PCoS seeks to build a culture of welcome, inclusion and support for everyone in the city of Portsmouth and local area, with a focus on those seeking sanctuary.  

The Project Manager is a new role for the PCoS Portsmouth Migrant & Refugee Support (PMRS) project, made possible with thanks to the National Lottery. PCoS is at a key stage of development and the PMRS project will sustain and extend our essential service delivery to 1500+ refugees, asylum seekers, vulnerable migrants and dependents, annually.  

Salary: £29,000 – £31,000 per annum, depending on experience.
Hours of work: 37.5 hours per week
Benefits: Annual leave of 28 days per annum inclusive of bank holidays
Contract: Fixed term for 3 years starting April 2024 (subject to passing a three-month probationary period).

Work in Portsmouth, the UK’s only island city with a rich history and a vibrant culture. It has major rail links with direct trains to London and major cities, and crossings to IOW, France and Spain. Portsmouth is easy to get around by foot or via public transport and there is a network of Beryl Bikes and e-scooters to hire. 

Make a real difference to people’s lives by joining our enthusiastic and dedicated PCoS team in this new role!  We are committed to Equality, Diversity and Inclusion in all our practices including recruitment.  If you have specific accessibility requirements to support you in applying or attending an interview, please let us know.  We encourage applications from candidates who may be underrepresented, including people from Black, Asian and minority ethnic backgrounds, those with disabilities, and the LGBTQI+ community. 

If you’d like to apply, please email a CV and cover letter to [email protected], Subject: Job application – Project Manager, FAO the Chair of Board of Trustees.

Closing date for applications: Thursday, 14th March, 2024.
Interviews: Thursday 21st March, 2024

Please don’t hesitate to contact us for an informal chat before applying for this role on 07584 293033. 

Job Description: 

Purpose, reporting and location of role:

The post-holder will  deliver a sustainable Portsmouth Migrant and Refugee Support (PMRS) 3-year National Lottery (NL) funded project. 

The post-holder will report to the PCoS Board of Trustees, many diverse volunteers, non-PMRS project leads, partner organisations and stakeholders. 

The post-holder will manage the National Lottery (NL) funded 3-year project in its entirety, in particular all our casework and weekly Refugee Hub delivery, emergency accommodation and destitution provision.  This will include accountability for the project’s budget/other resources, and assisting with overall PCoS service development and strategy. 

The working location will be All Saints Church, PO1 4BT for Refugee Hub delivery on Mondays and a working space with St Luke’s Church, PO5 4LH Tuesday to Thursday and remote working on Fridays, with some outreach work and likely travel within the PO postcode area. 

About us: 

PCoS is an award-winning Charitable Incorporated Organisation (CIO) helping local asylum seekers, refugees, and migrants. A grassroots charity with strong but independent links to the national City of Sanctuary movement. PCoS is non-religious and non-political, existing to further humanitarian aims, mostly via the provision of orientation casework for asylum seekers, refugees and vulnerable migrants. 

Several existing projects which PCoS delivers, such as Welcome Project, English classes, Wellbeing sports and dance, Haven, Kitchen of Hope, and creative projects, offering sanctuary seekers integration and choice, will link closely to the PMRS project.

Our aim and values:

PCoS aims to uphold the dignity and independence of all clients, regardless of status. The post-holder will naturally align with our ‘compassion, community and choice’ values.

Equality, Diversity and Inclusion:

PCoS is committed to supporting diversity, encouraging applications from a broad range of backgrounds, cultures, and experiences. We believe this will strengthen the overall team, promote creativity and innovation, and we are committed to being fair and inclusive. 

The Project Manager will be responsible for:

  • Implementing, maintaining and reviewing client needs-led plan for all aspects of PMRS casework and operational delivery as agreed, prioritising safeguarding and managing finite resources and finance.
  • Managing PMRS staff and volunteers, and the weekly Refugee Hub (and kitchen), in close liaison with the PCoS Head of Safeguarding and Operation alongside  the Volunteer Coordinator, English class lead, partners, and others.
  • Supervising confidential data management, and the performance of placement students, managing their own caseload as applicable.
  • Working closely and proactively as a PCoS ambassador with partner agencies et al, readily identifying trends, funds and opportunities for sanctuary-seekers most in need.
  • Seeking and capturing volunteer and client feedback, to inform ongoing best-practice delivery, diversity, and safety, rapidly escalating and mitigating identified risks.
  • The post-holder will be required to Disclosure & Baring Service Check (DBS) Enhanced (Child & Adult). 
  • The post-holder will undertake reasonable and appropriate tasks, for which they have the skills and/or experience. Resulting change/s to objectives and priorities will be agreed with trustees.

 Person Specification:

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